My loom and shuttle swift create
Colors bold and perfect weight
The soldiers’ hands stripped cloth and dignity
My weaving cannot mend the hate
At the tenth Station of the Cross, Jesus clothes are taken away.
All four gospels record Jesus’ final possession being taken away from him.
“When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots” (Matthew
“And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would
get” (Mark 15:24).
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they
divided up his clothes by casting lots” (Luke 23:34).
“‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’ This
happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, ‘They divided my clothes among
them and cast lots for my garment.’ So this is what the soldiers did” (John 19:23).
Reflection Question: How do we respond to those who try to take our human dignity away from us?
Prayer: God, who clothes the hills with gladness, the meadows with flocks, and the valleys with grain, and who yourself are robed in splendor and majesty and covered with light as if it were a garment, clothe us with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another. In the name of Jesus, who had his clothes and dignity stripped by soldiers’ hands.